Fortress Trails

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Alamut Valley - Iran

Date: 2011 October 21

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In this clear night of autumn stars trail above the mountain fortress of Alamut (2160 m) in the central Alborz Mountains of Iran. The castle was built into the rock in the 9th century. Alamut means Eagle's Nest. Home of the legendary Assassins, Alamut was also historically a center for libraries and education. For a time, it was the residence of important 13th century Persian scholar and astronomer Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (or simply known as Tusi). Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a beautiful black and white view of the castle and the bright planet Jupiter. Amir Abolfath -

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